Arts & Culture

Here / Not Here: A new Hip Hop Film w/ Deaf dancers in BSL

14 January 2021
Online | Free

A new hip-hop film takes in British Sign Language, Krump street dance, football and Visual Vernacular – the choreographed and poetic form of sign language.

This funny and thought-provoking drama sees three rival groups – Deaf VVers, footballers and Krumpers – clash over who should use an abandoned warehouse space.

Despite their differences, they find and inspire a common language through movement to communicate, collaborate and come together.

Here/Not Here brings together a diverse creative team and company from Deaf and hearing communities.

The film is directed by award-winning film-maker and Deaf artist Bim Ajadi, whose recent works include docu-drama Dot and short film 4.

Written by Jonzi D, Artistic Director of the annual hip-hop dance and theatre festival Breakin’ Convention, the film is a unique collaboration with the film’s professional and non-professional, Deaf and hearing cast.

The music is composed and produced by Torben Lars Sylvest, a long-time collaborator of Olivier Award-winning choreographer Botis Seva.

The film was commissioned by British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust and this screening is supported by Unlimited.

The broadcast is available to watch for two days on on this page, from 14th – 17th January 2021.

Header Image courtesy of Carol Dragon

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